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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF Sept. 17, 2010 Issue | Archived Issues

MEC Update

At its Sept. 3, 2010, meeting, the Medical Executive Committee revised the rules and regulations regarding attendance at committees and added a step to the physician hand hygiene accountability plan, among other things.

MEC Morning After Report - September 2010


Physician News

Robert Klapper, M.D. …

Howard Allen, M.D., and Robert Siegel, M.D. …

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Procedure Center Reports in Web/VS

Web/VS Tip of the Week

Reports from the Procedure Center are viewable in Web/VS in PDF format. If a patient has a recent Procedure Report, a link to the report will be shown in the "Recent Results" listing that is displayed by default after a patient is selected. 

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Meetings and Events

Politics and PBS: What You Don’t See on TV – Sept. 24

Irwin M. Weinstein, M.D., Endowed Lectureship in Health and Public Policy – Oct. 8

Medical Student Reception – Oct. 19 (RSVP by Oct. 15)

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Renovations to Start on ED, Thalians

Emergency DepartmentIn the next 90 days, Cedars-Sinai will be initiating a number of renovation and facility upgrade projects aimed at improving the efficiency, appearance, and operational safety of the patient care services in these units.

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Medical Library Hosts Ovid Training Classes

Learn about the new features of OvidSP and the Cochrane Databases at a series of sessions hosted by Cedars-Sinai's Medical Library.

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CLARIFICATION: STAT vs. Wet Readings

STATs apply to the performance of the examination and Wet Readings apply to the interpretation. Ordering a study as a STAT will result in it being performed more quickly (as indicated below), but that will not generate a wet reading unless specifically requested.

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2 Minutes with … Edward M. Wolin, M.D.

Edward Wolin MDDr. Wolin is co-director of the Cedars-Sinai Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine Tumor Program at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, the largest and most comprehensive such program in California and one of just a handful in the United States. He directs a large patient care and clinical research program, including the weekly Carcinoid/Neuroendocrine Multidisciplinary Patient Management Conference, in the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute.

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Imaging Case of the Month September 2010

Imaging Case Image September 2010Make your diagnosis

A 10-year-old patient with no significant past medical history presents with right knee pain.



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Renovations to Start on ED, Thalians

In the next 90 days, Cedars-Sinai will be initiating a number of renovation and facility upgrade projects aimed at improving the efficiency, appearance, and operational safety of the patient care services in these units. These include:

  • The inpatient dialysis unit located on 6SW will close for renovations on Sept. 24, 2010. The renovation is expected to take approximately nine months. During this time, all dialysis treatments will be performed one on one at the bedside.
  • The Emergency Department’s capacity to care for patients will be expanding through the construction of new adjacent space in the street level Saperstein Building. That renovation will begin around Oct. 1, 2010.
  • The newly renovated 5NW patient care unit will reopen with 32 beds in November 2010. Consistent with the unit renovation schedule, 5NE will then suspend 16 of its beds in order to begin its renovation (December 2010).
  • A comprehensive room and unit renovation will require the suspension of 27 acute psychiatric beds in Thalians in December 2010. Renovations are estimated to occur over a 12- to 18-month period.

Medical Library Hosts Ovid Training Classes

Learn about the new features of OvidSP and the Cochrane Databases at a series of sessions hosted by Cedars-Sinai's Medical Library.

Classes are on the following subjects at the times and locations listed below.

Ovid MEDLINE and new features of OvidSP:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in Harvey Morse 3 (limited to 20 attendees)
  • Thursday, Sept. 30, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in Harvey Morse 4 and 5 (limited to 40 attendees

Ovid Question and Answer Session:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Library Information Access Room (no registration necessary, drop in any time)

Cochrane Databases:

  • Thursday, Sept. 30, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Room 2806 (limited to 20 attendees)

To register for a class or for more information, e-mail library@cshs.org or call (310) 423-3751.

CLARIFICATION: STAT vs. Wet Readings

STATs apply to the performance of the examination and Wet Readings apply to the interpretation. Ordering a study as a STAT will result in it being performed more quickly (as indicated below), but that will not generate a wet reading unless specifically requested.

Exam Performance "STAT":

  • The goal is to perform the study within four hours.

Exam Interpretation "Wet Read":

  • The goal is for interpretation within two hours of the performance of the study. The interpretation will be called to whomever is designated on the request form. If no person is designated, the report will be called to the ordering physician.

Exam Performance and Interpretation "STAT Wet Read":

  • For both a quick exam and a quick report, order both a STAT and Wet Read.

2 Minutes with … Edward M. Wolin, M.D.

Edward Wolin MDDr. Wolin is co-director of the Cedars-Sinai Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine Tumor Program at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, the largest and most comprehensive such program in California and one of just a handful in the United States. He directs a large patient care and clinical research program, including the weekly Carcinoid/Neuroendocrine Multidisciplinary Patient Management Conference, in the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute.

If you were not a physician, what would you be?

A musician. I love to play classical music on the clarinet and the recorder (a historical flute). I most enjoy playing the great solo and chamber music of the past 500 years I'm also a calligrapher, writing over 30 types of historical scripts, and enjoy studying paleography (ancient manuscript writing). I actually worked my way through medical school as the official calligrapher of Yale University School of Medicine.

What drew you to your specialty?

I didn't always know I wanted to be an oncologist. This realization occurred as a medicine resident at Stanford, when I saw that oncology is a speciality where it's possible to be at once on the cutting edge of research, and a compassionate physician of the whole person — not a specialist focused on a single organ.

What brought you to Cedars-Sinai?

I came to Cedars-Sinai in 1988, the year Outpatient Cancer Center was finished — the most patient-friendly, top-quality outpatient cancer center imaginable. I have subsequently become passionate about the treatment of carcinoid and neuroendocrine tumors and have played a major role in growing this program to one of national and international stature. This is uniquely possible at Cedars-Sinai, where in addition to medical oncology, we have great neuroendocrine endocrinology, pancreatic and liver surgery, surgical oncology, diagnostic and interventional radiology, pathology, advanced GI endoscopy, cardiology and cardiac surgery, all closely collaborating to care for these extraordinarily complex patients.

If you could spend the day doing one thing, what would it be?

I love my patients and I love going all out for them. My patients are my number one passion. Actually, they're my number two passion. My number one passion is my wife Susan, a fabulous concert pianist and violinist, and the loving force behind the scenes who has made my career possible. I cherish every day that I spend with my wife and family.

What did your mother always tell you that you now have to admit was correct?

"Follow your dreams and follow your heart even if it doesn't always lead in the direction of contemporary society." I have a rare mom, and I appreciate her.

When you have an hour of free time, what do you like to do?

After working long hours indoors, I enjoy hiking and jogging in the sunshine, playing music, reading and writing.

Dr. Wolin can be reached at edward.wolin@cshs.org.

Imaging Case of the Month September 2010

Make your diagnosis

Submitted by Daria Motamedi, M.D., Thomas Learch, M.D., Joseph Giaconi, M.D., and Joseph Robinson, M.D., of the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center.

Initial presentation:

  • 10-year-old patient with no significant past medical history presents with right knee pain
  • There is no history of trauma
  • Physical exam is unremarkable
  • AP radiograph of knee obtained

Imaging Case Image September 2010


Question:
Where is the salient abnormality?

A. Femur
B. Tibia
C. Patella
D. Joint space

Click here to access the Imaging Case of the Month site and continue with your diagnosis.

We welcome your feedback. Please send your questions and comments to Marcel Maya, M.D., at marcel.maya@cshs.org.